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Wind and Solar Power Forecasting Innovation

November 8, 2018

Natural Power sponsor PhD in Power Forecasting

We are collaborating with the University of Strathclyde and The Data Lab to jointly sponsor Rosemary Tawn for a PhD in Short-Term Wind and Solar Power Forecasting.

The three and half year PhD will focus on improving power forecasting for renewable energy assets, and it is anticipated that work on upgrading our forecasting system will begin in 2019.

Callum McLean, Head of Innovation and Data at Natural Power said: “Forecasting is a key service for our ControlCentre clients who are connected to the National Grid transmission network. As the amount of electricity generated by renewable technology increases, we want to ensure that our clients have the highest level of forecasting accuracy at their fingertips to enable them to optimise generation and lower costs through the use of data.”

Improved energy forecasting methods will also ensure that we can optimise maintenance scheduling.

The collaboration, which was facilitated by The Data Lab, will see Rosemary based at Natural Power’s Stirling office where she will work closely with the software team and Senior Asset Performance Engineer, Dr Iain Dinwoodie, who will act as her industrial supervisor.

Rosemary Tawn and Jethro Browell


Rosemary said: “I’m excited to build on ideas from current research to produce a close to real-time power forecasting model suitable for use in industry through Natural Power, ultimately aiming to improve the operation of wind farms and help balance electricity supply and demand in the UK.”




Dr Jethro Browell, Research Fellow, Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, who recently won the Wind Power Forecasting Competition at the European Energy Markets Conference, is Rosemary’s supervisor. He said: “Forecasting is increasingly important as our energy system becomes more diverse and weather dependent, as is innovation in the way forecasts are used by the energy industry. Accurate forecasts are essential to keep costs down for both generators and consumers. Working with Natural Power provides a direct link between cutting-edge research and industry, reducing the time between scientific discovery and societal benefit.”

About The Data Lab
The Data Lab is a Scottish innovation centre focused on generating significant economic, social and scientific value from data for Scotland. It aims to strengthen Scotland’s local industry and transfer world-leading research into the global marketplace, develop the skills and talent required by industry, and building a cohesive data science community in Scotland. It enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment.

About The University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde was founded in 1796 and has a rich history of teaching and innovation. Located in the centre of Glasgow, it is home to students from more than 100 countries, and has a worldwide reputation for teaching and research excellence.

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